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PROVIDENCE, RI-- An old industrial site on Corliss Street has gained a new lease on life after its owner and Lifespan collaborated on transforming the underutilized property into a modern healthcare facility. The redevelopment enhances a growing medical hub for Lifespan and The Miriam Hospital in the Mount Hope section of Providence.
The new building at 180 Corliss St. is about to become the Lifespan Ambulatory Care Center. It will be home to The Men’s Health Center and The Infectious Diseases and Immunology Center – both relocated from The Miriam – as well as a Lifespan Pharmacy and a Lifespan Laboratory. Another key tenant is Lifespan-affiliated Anchor Medical Associates. The building will be leased to The Miriam Hospital.
“We have been eagerly looking forward to the completion of this project,” said Arthur J. Sampson, president of The Miriam Hospital. “The opening of this building means that two vital and outstanding Miriam programs – Men's Health and Immunology – can continue to grow and serve patients in a modern and easily accessible location. Additionally, under the same roof, patients can conveniently access pharmacy and laboratory services as well as primary care. The Amaral family has been very good to us.”
During a Nov. 18 ribbon-cutting ceremony, the medical center was dedicated to the late Everett A. Amaral, who as president of Amaral Revite, oversaw the project until his death in 2018. His wife, Sheryl Amaral, who assumed the presidency of the company and saw the project through to completion, participated in the ribbon-cutting and called attention to a plaque dedicating the building in her husband’s memory.
The couple have long been active supporters of Lifespan. He served on the President’s Pursuit of Excellence committee at Rhode Island Hospital. She serves on the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees, the Lifespan Cancer Institute’s Cancer Oversight Committee and the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Heroes Ball Committee. Amaral Revite has also been a corporate sponsor of The Miriam Hospital Gala & Auction, Hasbro Ball, and Rhode Island Hospital’s President’s Pursuit of Excellence Dinner.
“We are grateful to the Amarals for their longstanding support of Lifespan and for creating this wonderful opportunity for us to relocate and better integrate our services,” said Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., president and CEO of Lifespan. “Our mission at Lifespan is to continually improve how we serve our patients and deliver health with care – and that’s evident in this project -- but we are also fully committed to investing in the well-being of the communities we serve. That’s why we are so pleased to play a role in revitalizing this property while enhancing the neighborhood’s further evolution into a valuable hub for healthcare.”
Nearby are buildings housing Lifespan Home Medical and the Lifespan Recovery Center, which opened in 2017 to provide a comprehensive array of services for opioid and other drug addictions. Just around the corner on West River Street is a renovated mill complex that is the location of the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, Lifespan Physician Group, Lifespan Medical Imaging, the Center for Weight and Wellness, and other Lifespan programs. Amaral Associates developed these properties.
"Bringing this project to fruition was very important to me -- both personally and professionally," said Sheryl Amaral. "Everett and I were partners in every sense of the word. With him no longer here, it was up to me to make sure Everett's vision was realized. Anything else was not an option. I made that promise to him -- and to myself. I am proud to continue his legacy in supporting Lifespan's efforts to reach out to the community and care for the health of all Rhode Islanders."
The three-story, 57,000-square-foot building was built on the former site of Clifford Metal and was most recently being used for vehicle storage. Virtually all the original structure had to be razed during the 13-month construction project, which employed close to 150. Several hundred will be employed at the facility when it opens.
The ground floor of the new structure includes covered parking and an easily accessible Lifespan pharmacy.
Services at 180 Corliss St. will include:
• The Men’s Health Center. Formerly located in the Fain Building on Summit Avenue, the center offers a variety of specialized services related to male sexual health and experts in family practice, internal medicine, urology, psychology and physical therapy.
• The Infectious Diseases and Immunology Center. Formerly located on North Main Street, the center includes clinics for HIV/AIDS screening and treatment, viral hepatitis, Lyme and tick-borne diseases, and other communicable diseases.
• Anchor Medical Associates. Formerly located 1 Hoppin St., Providence, this relocated Anchor practice offers primary care services provided by a staff of six physicians and three physician assistants, and a support staff of about 20.
• Lifespan Laboratory. These conveniently located labs perform a variety of tests for patients and deliver faster results thanks to a centralized, automated system.
• Lifespan Pharmacy. This will be the third Lifespan Pharmacy, adding to existing locations at the The Miriam and Rhode Island hospitals. It will offer a full range of services, including free home delivery, courtesy refills, and both scheduled and walk-in vaccinations.
The building and associated medical programs are expected to open around the new year.